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grad student and teaching assistant

Also, Half Nelson and

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Also, Half Nelson and Pleasantville!

7-12 grade science teacher for visually impaired/blind

Conrack

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This is an amazing movie that led me to be a teacher. It is about a man who takes a job teaching very poor children on an island off of South Carolina. It is very inspiring.

With Honors

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I think this is a tremendous movies that showcases the ability for a driven student to understand that there is more that meets the eye with people and how to focus on life. Brendan Fraser is excellent as the Harvard student that's convinced he'll graduate with honors because of his thesis paper until Joe Pecsi as a homeless man takes it hostage.

Two special movies- that

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Two special movies- that should be on the list-
Paperclips- how a middleschool in Chattanooga, TN found a way to understand the Holocast-

Smoke Signals- story about friendship with Native Americans and how parts of life ties us together.

Technology for Learning Coordinator @ International School of Geneva

I know it's a bit

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I know it's a bit sentimental, but I would add Mr. Holland's Opus. As educators we are coming to realize the importance of fostering creativity and following our passions - this film illustrates the power of a teacher who models this and the impact it has on his students. I also think the Indian film Tarre Zameen Par is a film every educator should see.

Should add the 2008 film,The

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Should add the 2008 film,The Class ( French title: Entre les murs)
and the 1967 film, To Sir, with Love

veteran math and technology teacher/coordinator

i'm a huge fan of mr.

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i'm a huge fan of mr. holland's opus. not necessarily unlike dead poet's, it focuses on someone who never planned to be a teacher, though he was destined to be.

Dean of Students, LAUSD

Akeelah and the Bee

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While I have a very strong opinion concerning the suggestions some educators have made, I do believe that Akeelah and the Bee offered a strong proclamation of the brilliance that children of color do possess. Students of color are frequently mislabeled in our school systems, and while the movie conveys that she was a shining light in the midst of 'a slim list of hopefuls' the underlying message was heard; we are indeed powerful beyond measure and the only thing we have to fear is ourselves.

Phoebe in Wonderland

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I think "Phoebe in Wonderland" has a lot to offer viewers. There are a few stereotypes / tropes here, as in most American movies--the lone teacher who can relate to the difficult child; the rigidly rule-bound principal and staff; the kids who are "saved" by an original approach. But the movie is special--it's imaginative, dramatic, and thoughtful, and while the movie wraps up quite neatly, there's no suggestion that a child with learning differences is "fixed" by one good experience. (And any fans of "Alice in Wonderland" will LOVE the references to the novel, and the way Phoebe encounters various Carroll characters.)

The Faculty

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My favorite because it puts out what I suspect is a real thought that many adolescents have: my teacher is actually an alien! (and she's trying to kill me!) Understanding that this is where some kids are coming from is the first step toward enlightenment...

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